The importance of museums in our democracies can not be ignored. Recently two museums in the former Soviet union have faced “old school” resistance.

The European Museum Forum recently awarded the Russian Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, the Kenneth Hudson award. That was not popular. Film director Nikita Mikhalkov, who is reportedly close to the Kremlin, feels that the Yeltsin Center distorts facts and destroys “the national identity of the young”.

The Kenneth Hudson award is given to the “most unusual and daring achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in society.”

Read more in this article from Radio Free Europe

 

Newly opened WWII museum in Poland: “See it before they close it”

“See it before they close it.”  They were right to be wary of the government’s reaction. Since the museum opened its doors in March, its director, Paweł Machcewicz, has lost his job and the museum has been combined with another institution. The new director is expected to change the exhibits to make them focus more on Polish suffering in the war.
Claudia Ciobanu, Politico

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